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A Brief Interlude: Knitting Photos from Oxford

19 April 2012

So, people, I have a major deadline for my dissertation this month, and suddenly I turn around and it’s two weeks since I’ve posted. While I continue to type in another medium about eighteenth century poetry, I thought I’d show you some of the knitterly things I saw in Oxford this fall.

The magic of the knitting obsession is that every one of these made me feel I was in the right place during a time when I felt pretty discombobulated. Has that ever happened to you? A knitter on the subway or an airplane, an amazing knitting-themed display in a shop that would usually eschew anything handmade, a yarn shop just around the corner of a new city? Think about it, and (if you like) tell us about it in the comments.

Knitters in the Greens Cafe

Knitters in the Greens Cafe. I was too shy to approach, but I did Kinnear them. Too weird?

Young Man Knitting in Blackwell's

You can tell Mr. Trask and I spent a lot of time in cafes this first month (no furniture or internet in our house). Here's a gentleman knitting in Blackwell's. I think he was a new knitter - he seemed a bit uncomfortable with the sticks and string - but he was hanging in there.

The Gap Goes Hand-Knit

A knitting-themed display at The Gap in Oxford, which was up much of the fall and into the holiday season. Check out the enormous needles on the right!

Darn It & Stitch

First sighting of Darn It & Stitch, the haberdashery and knitting shop that I'd been stalking online for several months.

Oxford Craft Market

A knitter's booth at the Oxford Antiques and Crafts Market (held every Thursday in Gloucester Green). I like the sly smile she's giving me here.

And here’s one more thing that, while unrelated to knitting, made Mr. Trask and me both feel we were in the right place:

Two Pink Lines

Two Pink Lines.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. 19 April 2012 6:34 am

    WordPress on mobile eats my comments :o(

    • Kathleen permalink*
      19 April 2012 6:50 am

      Boo! Hope my approving this comment clears things up…

      • 20 April 2012 3:20 am

        Logging in redirects from the page and when it reloaded my comment was gone :o(. This time I tricked it into letting me log in _before_ I typed my comment! I had originally said something to the effect that Inverness isn’t large enough to have a Gap but I saw that window display, either in Glasgow or London (seriously, I still squee every time I say something like that: me, in London!) and I wanted to go back after they closed, toss a brick through the window and steal the yarn and needles but my husband wouldn’t let me :o(

      • Kathleen permalink*
        20 April 2012 5:01 am

        Sometimes husbands simply do not understand. The large knitting needles seem to me an excellent way to decorate any home–not just at Christmas, but year-round. [And – I myself do a little happy dance every time I realize that London is my closest big city.]

  2. 19 April 2012 6:49 am

    Yay Greens Cafe! I have spent a bunch of time there myself 🙂 And Blackwells, and Gloucester Green. So nice to see these places. I just wish i could come see you!

    • Kathleen permalink*
      19 April 2012 6:50 am

      Any time! Oxford awaits.

  3. Sally permalink
    19 April 2012 9:11 am

    Ahh to the last one!

  4. Colette permalink
    20 April 2012 9:56 am

    Ive just started reading your blog, ive returned to knitting after too many years away and so ive been finding all these super blogs . So, firstly, belated congrats on your pregnancy.I love this post today because I love seeing pictures of Oxford, I graduated from there almost (ssshh) 20 years ago, when I had to handwrite my essays, it’s probably why I’m drawn to your blog. I never knitted while at Oxford but my nanny knit me an amazing Aran cabled sweater that eventually came down to my knees. Good luck with the dissertation deadline

    • Kathleen permalink*
      22 April 2012 7:53 am

      Colette, welcome! I was first at Oxford as an undergraduate (junior time abroad) in 1995, so I hear you on the “shhh.” More importantly, welcome back to knitting! It’s a lifetime addiction.

  5. 4 May 2012 7:52 am

    Congratulations on your pregnancy! How very exciting 🙂

    My mom was a wonderful knitter and taught me to knit when I was in high school. All I ever made were scarves, because I could only knit ‘forward.’ My children now have an interest, but I’m afraid I remember nothing. Fortunately, my mother-in-law knows how to knit, and she loves teaching them each time she comes for a visit. It is an art that is making a comeback, which I think is wonderful! I love the picture of the man knitting in the cafe!

    • Kathleen permalink*
      4 May 2012 8:54 am

      Thank you so much, Danielle! Have you tried knitting again yourself? I sometimes have students come in who think they have forgotten how to knit and realize that their fingers remember the knit stitch – somewhat like riding a bicycle, I imagine. Join the comeback! 🙂

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